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It was thought that the global landmark was perhaps 70million years old

Giffords to watch husband blast off

Doctors have given approval for Gabrielle Giffords, the US congresswoman who was shot in the head, to travel to Florida to see her astronaut husband's space shuttle launch this week.

Genius Beast passes Classic test

There is always a risk in giving a horse a name that may be hard to live up to. But if Genius Beast is not yet the athletic equivalent of an Einstein, he is certainly no dunce and yesterday came through his latest test with full marks as clear-cut winner of Sandown's Classic trial. And his victory brought some much-needed cheer to the Godolphin team, which had its much-fancied 1,000 Guineas candidate White Moonstone sidelined by injury over the weekend, only a few days after a similar mishap to 2,000 Guineas and Derby hope Dubai Prince.

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Arizona turns on Tea Party with veto of Obama 'birther bill'

It was fun while it lasted, but the state of Arizona's stint on the front line of right-wing Republicanism appeared to be over yesterday, after its Governor vetoed new laws dealing with two of the great obsessions of the Tea Party movement: the right to bear arms, and the question of whether Barack Obama was actually born in the US.

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Chalk Talk: Why private students aren't the way to ease the fees pain

A salutary message comes from the US for ministers pinning their hopes on the private sector bailing them out of their current dilemma over student fees. The plot so far: ministers are anxious to encourage more private sector provision of degree courses, to pressurise existing universities to lower their proposed fee charges for next year. To that end, they have already held meetings with representatives of the BPP University College of Professional Studies. The idea is to offer private students loans, just as would be the case for students at state-financed universities.

Arizona backs campus guns

Arizona's house of Representatives has approved a bill allowing guns on campuses, making it the second US state to allow firearms at universities.

Outside Edge: Wounded walking with pride

Walking With The Wounded's journey to the North Pole began yesterday with the aim of raising £2m for wounded ex-servicemen and women.

Market Report: BAT soars after stubbing out racketeering charge

Following a key legal triumph in the US, British American Tobacco (BAT) was left high up the top-tier index's leaderboard last night, advancing 54.5p to 2,462p. The cigarette group made the move after investors awoke yesterday morning to news from across the Atlantic that the company had succeeded in its attempt to be removed from a racketeering ruling.

Laird looks to the manner born in claiming Scottish birthright

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The Whole Wide Beauty, By Emily Woof

Every family has its own private history of cruelties and betrayals – a box of secrets to which first-time novelists are irresistibly drawn. In this appealing debut, actor-turned-writer Emily Woof examines the dynamics of an artistic family more comfortable in the company of strangers than with one another.

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We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

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Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

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